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Lump-free gravy, please
March 28, 2005

After finding out that most of the B’s clients have actually seen this site at one time or another and very well may or may not actually read it on a somewhat regular basis, I am rather spooked. I’m thinking I may need an anono-blog to be able to write about the things I actually want to write about and get away with it.

In other news, yesterday was Easter. Ding dong, don’t care – being the wannabe jew that I am, I watched the Catholics scurry by and attempt to find parking by my house. Yessiree, the Catholics had a full day yesterday, but refrained parking in my spot, mostly because I was still firmly parked there. Instead of hurrying to mass, I did what every other non-Christian person does on a Sunday – played The Sims 2 for about 5 hours before going to the B’s mom’s house for Family-Time Dinner.

The Easterday Family-Time Dinner was held as most Family-Time dinners are held – an hour late, with me helping to finish up whatever cooking duties need to be finished up. I really don’t mind doing some of the cooking duties, as I enjoy cooking immensely, but I find it hard to object when someone asks me to implement what I consider to be a questionable cooking idea in his or her own kitchen. Therefore, I just ride along with it, and usually it turns out fine, and I don't have to worry about being a scapegoat, and nobody really cares about lumps in their gravy when they're too busy eating. No guilt here. Have I mentioned I’m not Catholic?

Also exciting about the Family-Time Dinner: I get to see the B's Grandma! Since I don't get to see my own Grandmother very often at all, the B's Grandma is my surrogate. The only problem is that she has a bit of an issue with dementia. I'm pretty used to this, as I see her quite often, but she has recently lost half of her dentures, and keeps forgetting it. Therefore, a lot of dinner-time last night was spent with me reminding Grandma that she really doesn't want to attempt to eat some corn on the cob. This happened at rather frequent intervals: about once every 10 minutes she would reach for the corn, and I would have to explain again why she doesn't want some corn, and wouldn't she rather have some more mashed potatoes instead?

In other-other news, we celebrated Purim on Thursday night and on Saturday, skipping the main event of Purim itself in the name of work and tiredness. Saturday was spent scurrying around attempting to get some things done during the day, then cooking for a total of 5½ hours, only to have the hamantasch explode and the stuffed cabbage turn out wonderfully (thank you to amychan, who enjoyed dinner with us and took some food home!). Some things that one must remember when attempting to deal with Jewish recipes (which hold true for every recipe I’ve ever made out of one of my many many Jewish cookbooks or recipes online):

  1. Most recipes are for serving 10+ people.
  2. Do not, in any way, attempt to halve these recipes. They won’t turn out if you do so.
  3. If there is need to double a recipe, this will turn out fine. Just make sure you have access to 2 ovens.
  4. It is highly suggested that you have a KitchenAid Professional 600 Stand Mixer (in Nickel Pearl, with all of the optional accessories). This is actually quite imperative.

As a quick aside, I have been working on increasing my greed. The wedding registries have been started at Williams-Sonoma.com and at homedepot.com. Those of you who know my last name can start picking out all of the things you’ll be giving me for reaching such a momentous event in my life. I suggest you (and I do mean you) start saving now.


Thank you for having me--and MORE importantly, for sending me home with all the yummy food. My tummy is happy (and I have dinner tonight all ready!).

Posted by: amy at March 28, 2005 2:24 PM

yay! i had leftover stuffed cabbage for lunch yesterday, and boy, it was gooood. i'm really quite happy with that recipe, except for, you know, the need for a casserole dish that will fit an army sos the cabbage doesn't boil over in the oven and make the smoke alarm go off.

Posted by: devlyn at March 28, 2005 2:27 PM

but excellent to discover that you have a functioning smoke alarm!

Posted by: amy at March 28, 2005 2:40 PM

how come your b's clients know this site?!

Posted by: j-a at March 28, 2005 4:42 PM

miss j-a, he thought it would be a great idea to show it to them to bolster my freelancing career, i think. oh well, nothing to be done about it now. ^_^

Posted by: devlyn at March 28, 2005 8:00 PM

aw, that's so um, cute.

hopefully none of his clients wrote down the url.

Posted by: j-a at March 29, 2005 7:41 AM

i wholeheartedly concur with that sentiment.

Posted by: devlyn at March 29, 2005 12:37 PM